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Old December 5th, 2010, 02:32 AM   #1301
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In the picture with the signs, there's one that says "Loiret" with information and café symbols, and "Moulin d'Artenay". In the background, there's what I assume is the moulin, and some sort of building. Tourist information center for the department of the Loiret? I'm curious, because most U.S. states and Canadian provinces - which have the main responsibility for promoting tourism - maintain "welcome centers" on the main highways at the state/provincial borders, but I wasn't aware of such things in Europe, particularly at borders between subdivisions within a country.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #1302
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The building next to the windmill is a Courtepaille chain restaurant.
I would say that the sign says there are tourist informations about the department and the windmill inside the windmill itself.
I have no clue if these signs are frequent, I would say no because departments are very small compared to states/provinces.
All I can say is that in motorway service areas there is usually a tourist information center.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 05:29 AM   #1303
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Damn incompetent Colonial Government !
The border checkpoint will be on the French side, so it's the French authorities who will control the border.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 10:08 AM   #1304
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The final missing link of A75 near Valros opened preliminary on friday. A75 is now 334 kilometers long. Full opening on December 10th.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #1305
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what does additional sign "RAPPEL" mean?
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Old December 6th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #1306
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Old December 8th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #1307
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The second tunnel of tha A86 motorway between Vaucresson and Versailles will open the January 9, 2011.
The opening of this section will complete the second beltway of Paris.

The work of the first section of the A86 began 42 years ago in 1968.
http://www.leparisien.fr/hauts-de-se...10-1175559.php
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Old December 8th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #1308
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Traffic jams peaked at 447 km at rush hour in Paris area due to snowy roads, setting a new record.
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Old December 8th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #1309
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It's a single tunnel, with an underground interchaneg in the middle that divides it in two parts (4.5 and 5.5 km). Only low vehicles can use it as the carriageway is only about 2.5 m high, because this allows four lanes in a single bore, but on two levels.
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Old December 8th, 2010, 10:03 PM   #1310
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We will construct a double deck tunnel in the Netherlands with a clearance of 4.7 m for both decks
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Old December 8th, 2010, 10:33 PM   #1311
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As far I know Masstricht tunnel will be an artificial tunnel, unlike this which is bored (with TBM, diameter around 12 metres) and deeper (up to 100 metres), so it's a different technique.

Anyway this tunnel was planned as such (it's also forbidden to motorcycles for safety reasons) because there was another one planned for other vehicles (trucks, buses, motorcycles, cars with caravan) but this one is not likely to be built.

I'm not sure about the exact locations of the tunnels and the entrances. but in this map, the red tunnel is the one being finally opened entirely in January (the N13-A13 part is already opened), the blue tunnel is the planned mixed traffic tunnel (one lane per direction without rescue tunnel, the project was made before the Mont Blanc tragedy), the green points are the planend entrances, the orange point is a planned but not built entrance.



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Old December 9th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #1312
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Traffic jams peaked at 447 km at rush hour in Paris area due to snowy roads, setting a new record.
The metropolitan area of Paris how many entrances/exits has to enter/leave the city of Paris? I am talking about the major motorways not the small roads
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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #1313
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The metropolitan area of Paris how many entrances/exits has to enter/leave the city of Paris? I am talking about the major motorways not the small roads
Here is a simplified map :





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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #1314
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There are 6 motorway exits on the périphérique, 2 of these merge only a few kms from it (A6a and A6b). There are 7 if we count the N13 which becomes the A14 shortly after.
There are 7 "real" motorways exiting the urban area (8 if we count A11, but it splits off A10 about 50 km from Paris in the countryside).
There are 4 more expressways exiting the urban area (N2, N4, N12 and D14 northwest of Pontoise), but they downgrade to 2+1 or 2x1 about 20 km from the urban area boundaries apart from N12.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:34 PM   #1315
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The Paris motorway-expressway network is pretty good, but some parts are too substandard due to the dense urban environment. It's much better than London I'd say.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:38 PM   #1316
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The most annoying thing is the bad interchanges or -better- the lack of them. A6/A86, A1/A86 anyone ?
Some connections like A15-périphérique would be needed too.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 04:23 AM   #1317
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we talked about that already. yes, paris has missing links, that's why there are traffic jams 24/24.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 01:44 PM   #1318
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Thank you for your help and info parcdesprinces and [email protected]; i counted 8 exits/entrances on Paris périphérique
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Old December 10th, 2010, 02:20 PM   #1319
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6 in fact, because N118 is not connected with the Périphérique, the same with A14.
(the map I posted in my previous post is confusing on that matter)


You can see on the maps below, that the N118 ends at Pont de Sèvres, and from there till the Périph. it's just a Boulevard, while the A14 ends at La Défense:




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Old December 11th, 2010, 03:20 PM   #1320
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Oh yes that is more helpful... thanks again
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